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Lightwright is NOT Compatible With Vectorworks Project Sharing
Lightwright 5 and 6 work great with Vectorworks 2016 and later, except for Vectorworks’ new Project Sharing feature. It is unlikely that Data Exchange will ever work with Project Sharing.
"MAY AFFECT THE PERFORMANCE OF YOUR MAC"
You may get a warning when Lightwright launches that it “may affect the performance of your Mac” and “The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility.”
You get this warning because Lightwright is a 32bit app and Apple is trying to get everyone to 64bit. Lightwright will be transitioning to 64 bit later this year.
You do not need to do anything at this time.
DATA EXCHANGE ERRATIC
If you find Data Exchange disconnecting randomly or causing Lightwright to freeze up while reading/writing the .xml file, try going to System Preferences and turning off the option that moves your Desktop and Documents folder to iCloud. This option is ON by default and causes problems in the same way that putting the .xml file on Dropbox does.
Lightwright 5 is NOT compatible with macOS Sierra or newer
I knew this would happen eventually, but not exactly when. Lightwright 5's time on the Mac just ran out. LW5 is built with tools that were current in 2009, but cannot be used to build modern Sierra-or-later compatible apps. I can't move it to the current tools without breaking mountains of code, which is one very big reason why LW6 had to be released before Apple released Sierra.
Kevin Barry (B'way production electrician) put together an online forum for Lightwright users to help each other, show each other labels, and puzzle out shortcuts and other ways of using Lightwright. Forum membership is free, and signing up is easy and secure. To join, point your web browser at http://lightwright.boards.net/
Using Lightwright with Vision 2017
Vectorworks 2017 uses the Vectorworks Instrument Type field to specify the Manufacturer Model for Vision. This means you cannot modify the instrument type name in Lightwright, it must be whatever Vision needs. As a practical matter, you will need two copies of your .vwx file: One for using Data Exchange with Lightwright, and the other for Vision. Vectorworks has fixed this in Vectorworks 2018 and later.
A public beta of the next Lightwright maintenance release is available for anyone to try.
Lightwright 6 on macOS High Sierra
Lightwright 6 Needs Vectorworks 2018 SP2 or Later
There were bugs in Vectorworks 2018 SP1 and earlier (including VW 2017 and 2016) that blocked users from entering data in all 3 of the Vectorworks Universe, U Address, and Dimmer fields. This kept Lightwright 6 from properly syncing those fields with Lightwright 6's related fields.
VW2018 SP2 fixes this problem by enabling free entry of data in all three fields. For more information, please read the Addresses and Lightwright 6 topic in this web site's Support menu.
This is a CRITICAL UPDATE that fixes some awful bugs, including one that caused show files to be deleted immediately after they were saved, and another that prevented work notes from printing. It also works around some problems with Mac OS High Sierra.
A complete list of bugs fixed is available in the Release Notes.pdf in Lightwight 6.0.18's Help menu.
PLEASE INSTALL THIS UPDATE IMMEDIATELY.
Student licenses require version 6.0.1 or later.
Lightwright 6.0.18 CURRENT RELEASE
Lightwright 6 is compatible with macOS Mojave
Lightwright 6 is very happy running on macOS Mojave. However, it does not change its appearance when Mojave is in Dark Mode.
Lightwright 6 minimum system requirements are changing
Due to changes in macOS, beginning with Lightwright 6.0.20, the minimum system requirement for the Macintosh will be macOS 10.10 "Yosemite". Versions 6.0.19 and earlier will continue to run on mac OS 10.7 or newer. The Windows version's system requirements will not change.